The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at the Erwin Center

Pink Floyd is by far one of the greatest rock groups to ever roam the earth. Whether you can recite every word to The Darkside of the Moon or you’re completely new to their catalog, SHINE ON – The Pink Floyd Experience Featuring the Laser Spectacular will blow your mind. We are giving away a pair of tickets to TWO lucky people for the performance at the Frank Erwin Center on February 27, so check out all the details below.

The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular has been going on for 25 years now, and like a fine wine, the show has aged well. The entire Dark Side of the Moon, hits from The Wall and many of Pink Floyd’s greatest jams will be played by world-class musicians with what might be one of the greatest light shows in the world. This may be the most unique, if not most awesome, Pink Floyd Tribute you’ll ever see.

Learn everything you need to know about SHINE ON via Do512, and don’t forget to click “Enter to Win” for your shot at the free pair of tickets!

Do512’s Best in Austin 2014 Survey

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Do512 is constantly recommending awesome stuff for you to do in Austin, but now we want to hear YOUR opinions. What’s the best new restaurant in town? Who’s got the best burger? What’s your favorite place to grab coffee and tacos? Which new bar tops your list? What local band impressed you the most this year? Take our survey on Do512.com and let us know what you think!

You will also be entered to win a $50 Gift Card to the Alamo Drafthouse! Voting for Do512’s Best in Austin 2014 Survey ends this Friday, December 19. Survey results will be published on Do512 on Monday, December 22. Thank you Austin!

Do512 Restaurant of the Week: Native Family

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When one thinks of the Midwest a lot of images may pop into their mind: rolling fields, frozen lakes, distinct accents, and cows; lots and lots of cows.  One rarely will think of the food.  Fools.  While Midwestern food may get a bad rap as salty, laden in fat, or just casseroles; in actuality it is some of the best food out there. Fresh milk, creamy cheeses, butter laden desserts, and hyper local produce; it is hearty enough to feed farmers and their brood and pays homage to classic German, Scandinavian, and Asian foods.  Inspired by their move from Cleveland to the Austin community, chefs and artists Olivia and Ryan Genthe and chef Ray McConaghy began Native Family Co based on the concept of bringing Midwestern food to the Southwest while maintaining that ultimate sense of community.

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Bearing the mantra “Wish Not So Much as to Live Long as to Live Well,” on the back of their beautiful hand lettered menus; Native Family Company, currently located out of Firehouse Hostel on 5th and Brazos, completely embodies this concept of eating well, living well, and being proud of where you come from.  Imagine flights of pot pies, caprese paninis,  and onion soup flambees; flaky crusts, sharp cheeses, and tender meats in creamy sauces all composed of ingredients found at the farm down the road, Antonelli’s cheese shop, and breads from Easy Tiger.

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Collaborating with Firehouse Hostel, Native Family created a menu that pairs perfectly  with the new Firehouse cocktail list.  A nod to the old with a taste of the new, working within the bar and hostel element the plates are easy to share and play to the communal aspect of the hostel as well as the multitude of artisanal food vendors in Austin .  Cheese plates such as the Big Board feature a Boston Post Dairy Gisele goat cheese, cloth bound cabot cheddar, a smoking goose stagberry and saucisson rouge, and is rounded out with a house made chicken heart pate all accompanied with Easy Tiger baguette, olives, almonds, and pickles.

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Being Midwesterns ourselves (I hail from St. Paul and Drew comes from Chicago) we were delighted to go sample some of the Midwestern heritage dishes adorning the menu.  If you’ve never been to Firehouse Hostel, its a must go in Austin.  Hidden behind a sliding bookcase in the hostel, the bar features cozy leather booths and a small stage often held by local singer songwriters.  Fire lit tables overflow with a mixture of tech savvy 20 somethings from local businesses, tourists who have strayed from Dirty Six, and a myriad of travellers seeking adventure.   The only thing missing was wonderful community inspired food.  The first dish we sampled was the chilled gnocchi salad.  Coming from Grandma’s recipe the plump gnocchis are lightly tossed with arugula, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, and a fresh made dressing.  The gnocchi makes this salad hearty, replacing traditional breadcrumbs with a savory surprising twist.

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Next we sampled the onion soup flambe.  While a hot soup may seem peculiar in the often hot climate of Austin, the Flambe is the perfect petite size.  Accompanied with a tableside flambe to toast the parmesan, the dish is impressive before the first bite. The melted cheese is crusted on the sides and gooey in the middle atop a piece of handmade bread swimming in the dark smooth onion broth.

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We then moved on to the Sardines on toast.  The sustainable, BPA free sardines are packed in a mild salt water creating a perfectly savory bite.  Seated atop lightly toasted Easy Tiger baguette with a fresh tomato compote and parmesan creates the perfect bit savory sardines, sweet compote and crunch in one bite.


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Then came the hail mary, the pot pie flight.  A trio of three “mini” pot pies.  While each looks similar with their buttery flaky slightly browned pastry crust, each holds a very different inside.  The first is the veggie pot pie: leek and potatoes in a thyme laden juicy sauce with tender baby bella chunks.  The second is the more traditional pot pie, Lonestar braised chicken paired with carrots in a delectable gravy, and finally the third is the nod to Austin a spicy beef chili perfectly paired with the sweet pastry crust. (This item is being replaced with a delicious Carnitas pot pie, complete with pork from Green Gate Farm.) It was the perfect meal.

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Native Family Co’s star will continue to rise for many moons.  The pair already owns a catering company and is looking into a food cart.  They are in the talks with new bars to start a food trailer in the back, once again developing a menu with their values and recipes to pair with the drink menu of the bar.  Their menu will continue to be amazing as well. Coming this month for dessert is a delectable apple pie topped with freshly churned cheddar cheese ice cream.

This month they placed 2nd as a Fan Favorite at the Austin Meatball Festival and will be featuring the award winning meatballs on their menu; a Reuben Meatball with ground corned beef, swiss cheese, and rye bread crumb topped with sauerkraut and housemade thousand island dressing.  Whether you too hail from the Midwest or you simply are looking for good food, check out Native Family Co. at the Firehouse Hostel for a delicious buttery, flavourful meal with a little bit of heart.

Be sure to visit Do512 for your chance to win a $25 gift card. Bon appetit and Happy Holidays!

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– Contributed by fellow Midwesterner Page Jensen-Slattengren –

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Earphunk/Henry + The Invisibles at Empire

There are times where we have every day giveaways, and there are other times that we hand out passes to epic experiences that leave your friends bursting with jealousy. Want 2 VIP experience to see Earphunk at what may be the biggest New Years party this year (worth $200)? Check out our hookup we have for their show at Empire Control Room on 12/31.

Earphunk is the greatest prog-funk group in the United States, though we aren’t sure if many other bands are competing in that genre. Live performances from the guys are incredible. Expect an epic light show, jam sessions and much more with the recent release of their latest studio album Sweet Nasty. They’re playing with Texas favorites Holding Space and Henry + The Invisibles.

Now, the important part, the giveaway. We’re giving two lucky people VIP passes to the event.

$100 VIP INCLUDES:
– All-inclusive full bar
– Commemorative show poster
– Side stage viewing
– Exclusive VIP bar
– Private smoking patio
– Separate VIP expedited entrance

Does this sound good, or does this sound great? Celebrate in style this New Years Eve with Earphunk and others at Empire. For all other info and your chance to snag the VIP passes, click here.

Rest In Peace Austin, Texas 2014

Anybody that’s been in Austin for more than a year has at some point complained about it changing. As our city continues to grow, businesses, restaurants, hot spots, and venues come and go. We might not like it, but them’s the breaks, as they say. As we’ve done for the past two years, the time has come to provide a yearly wrap up of the notable closings in Austin over the past 12 months.

This year saw some iconic places in Austin closing, as well as some not-so-iconic shutterings. Flipnotics on Barton Springs said goodbye, as did Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street, Rio’s Brazilian Cafe, and the long-standing campus burger joint Players.

In 2013 we covered the closings of Club de Ville, the South Congress Food Trailers, and Antone’s, while in 2012 we said goodbye to Momo’s, Lovejoys, Ruta Maya and more. Here’s a look at some cool spots we lost in 2014.

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The Dog & Duck Pub

Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash, and Shepherds Pie were all things you might expect to see patrons eating if you walked into the Dog & Duck. Simple, salt of the earth pub food. Of course, it was also a place for a reliably good pint. Its owners are reportedly negotiating a move to East 7th Street. Here’s to hoping that happens.

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Players

Players had been around for a whopping 33 years before it closed for good on November 30th. As of 2014, it was an Austin institution. If you never made it in there, you missed out on some damn fine burgers and dogs. Sadly, every good player has to retire someday…

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Paggi House

We’re not going to lie, this one hurts. Paggi House had some of the best food south of the river, and now it’s gone forever. The void left in Paggi House’s absence will be felt by anyone who had the opportunity to eat their food. Shine on you crazy, delicious diamond.

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Tamale House

Tamale House on Airport Boulevard closed down in 2014 due to the death of its owner, Robert Vasquez. Though there was talk of continuing the restaurant without him, his children opted to leave Tamale House’s legacy as is. Hungry patrons can still find their fill at Tamale House East on East 6th, run by Vasquez’s nieces and nephews.

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Rainey Street Food Court

If you’ve ever spent a night drinking on Rainey Street, you’ve likely stumbled down to this welcoming food court for some much-needed grub to help you make it through the night. Sadly, your sober-ups will need more careful planning soon as the lot’s food trucks are being forced to leave by the end of the year. The food trucks, including Scotty’s BBQ, Firefly Pies, Funky Food Bus, will be relocating as soon as possible. The current site will be primed for construction of a mixed use development.

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Twisted Root Burger Co.

This Dallas-based burger chain opened up a campus-area location on West 26th, but the restaurant closed after only a few months in business. In good news, if you dig their “Great Burgers, Cold Beer and Bad Service”, Twisted Root is reportedly looking at plans to open another location on Burnet Road in 2015.

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Rio’s Brazilian Cafe

Former Do512 Restaurant Of The Week (and Ryan Gosling-approved) Rio’s Brazilian Cafe closed its doors in November, reportedly due to management disputes. Founded in 2006, Rio’s Brazilian Café got its start selling Brazilian food at local Austin Farmer’s Markets, then began to sell their all-natural Malagueta sauces in Austin’s Whole Foods Markets, then opened their own restaurant and production space on the East Side at Pleasant Valley in 2010.

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Veggie Heaven

Do you hear that sound? It’s the collective lamentations of vegetarians all over Austin. Mrs. Chen, Veggie Heaven’s owner has decided to retire after 16 years of business. There’s discussion of the restaurant continuing with different management, but it’s unconfirmed at this point in time.

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Lustre Pearl

Lustre Pearl was the darling of Rainey Street, but was forced to shutter this year due to construction of the eight-story, 327-unit Millenium Rainey residential building on the Lustre Pearl site. Fortunately, the well-loved watering hole has announced two new locations. This is good news, considering Rainey Street wouldn’t be what it is today without this flagship business.

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Your Mom’s Burger Bar

Austin has lost some great burger joints over the years, and unfortunately, after six years of serving the Austin community with their delicious stuffed burgers, Your Mom’s Burger Bar on Airport is now kaput as well. Interesting and creative burger toppings were a norm at Your Mom’s, and you could always count on them to lift your mood.

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Flipnotics

This one is a real bummer. Flipnotics was nearly unbeatable when it came to places where you could study, drink, eat, and see live music for cheap. Their patio was a real thing of beauty, their open mic nights were always entertaining, and this is one coffee joint that will sorely be missed in Austin.

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The Wet Whistle

2014 saw the shuttering of The Wet Whistle, due apparently to a hike in rent. This little grocery store doubled as a fine place to grab a beer. Owner Jon Lawrence has plans to open up the businesses in a new, cheaper location at some point in the future.

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Umami Mia

Barton Springs road can be a tough place to keep a restaurant alive, as is evidenced by the fate of Umami Mia Pizzeria. The choice of decor and communal seating were popular complaints about the business, but it was a great place to grab a drink and catch a free show on their outdoor patio.

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Metal and Lace

It appears as though a Bar Rescue wasn’t enough to save Metal and Lace (aka Headhunters) from closing down. Whatever your thoughts were on this bar, it was always an interesting place to see all kinds of live music. Maybe Austin just isn’t ready for a Steampunk Lounge…

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Tapasitas

Tapasitas had a fine view of 6th Street, but that wasn’t enough to save it from shutting down in 2014. They offered great food, drinks, and curiously, cigars. The location now serves as an event space for Restaurant Jezebel.

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A-OK Chinese

A-OK Chinese had high hopes of bringing a fusion of fine wine, good tunes, and adventurous Chinese food to South Lamar, but ended up closing the same year they opened. Mixed reviews of the restaurant are likely the culprit for its untimely demise, but, dang, that green tea ice cream cone looks delicious.

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Pour House Pub

First of all, Pour House Pub isn’t closing for good. It has temporarily closed for business while Burnet Marketplace is being completed. September 2015 is reportedly when that will be done, so you should definitely plan to stop by for a beer to celebrate when they reopen.

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The Saxon Pub ??

It’s important to note that The Saxon Pub is not necessarily closing, but it may very well be moving further south and a couple miles east to a new development on Saint Elmo Road. As South Lamar continues to see additional condos on the horizon, The Saxon Pub might have no choice but to move.

Owner Joe Ables is, for what it’s worth, optimistic about the prospect. He told Time Warner Cable News that “Maybe by lowering the overhead, we will be able to give younger bands some more opportunities. That’s what this town needs; young bands have no place to go sometimes.”.

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Feel free to give us your thoughts on any of the places Austin lost in 2014!

- Lawrence Boone